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City Installing Fence Around Duranguito, Archaeological Study to Follow

On Wednesday,  workers with the City of El Paso began installing fencing to secure the Multipurpose Performing Arts and Entertainment Center (MPC) footprint in order to begin the next phase of the archaeological study and to replace the temporary fencing that is currently onsite.

“This voter-approved MPC is advancing into the second phase of the archaeological study which involves opening trenches. Thus securing the site with durable fencing is a necessary step to preserve the health and safety of the community,” Capital Improvement Department Director Sam Rodriguez said.

Via a news release, city officials said, “the judgment issued in August 2017 by an Austin judge allowed the City to build the MPC at its proposed downtown location. The City has agreed not to begin demolition prior to November 19, 2018. An official date for demolition has not been set.”

Preservationist Max Grossman responded to the development via an email.

“The City of El Paso is surrounding Duranguito with a new barrier. They are permitted to do so per my Rule 11 agreement with the City as long as the buildings are not touched before November 19. My attorneys are very busy preparing for relief from the courts before that date and we are confident that the neighborhood will be safe…”

The targeted footprint is bounded by West San Antonio Avenue, South Santa Fe Street, West Paisano Drive and Leon Street || Map courtesy Google

The Texas Historical Commission (THC) has approved the scope of work proposed by City of El Paso for an on-site archeological and historical review of city-owned properties project’s master planning area.

Moore Archeological Consulting, a firm specializing in completing archeological investigations in urban settings, is conducting the archeological study. The City contracted the firm to comply with the applicable requirements under state law.

The archeological study encompasses four phases: archival and historical research (completed), ground-penetrating radar survey, mechanical survey, and an additional investigations stage, which would only be conducted if intact archeological deposits are discovered.

Discoveries will be handled in accordance with state law and Antiquities Permit requirements.

City Hires Archeological Firm to Begin Work Required by the Texas Antiquities Code

The City has contracted Houston-based Moore Archeological Consulting, Inc. to conduct an archeological and historical review of the site located within the Multipurpose Performing Arts and Entertainment Center (MPC) footprint as required by the Texas Antiquities Code.

The firm has conducted more than 700 major archeological projects and specializes in completing archeological investigations in urban settings.

“This is another major milestone in the development of this voter-approved bond project,” Laura Foster, City of El Paso Chief Architect, said. “Moore Archeological Consulting is a world-class firm and highly credentialed in the field of archeological and historical preservation. Welcoming these nationally-recognized experts to our team shows we are true to our commitment to remain respectful and in compliance with requirements of the Texas Historic Commission.”

The City also remains steadfast in complying with court orders related to the MPC.

A judgment issued in August 2017 by an Austin judge allowed the City to proceed to build a new multipurpose facility in the Union Plaza area in downtown.

The archeological review of the proposed MPC footprint is part of the development process for the project – the largest of the three signature bond projects overwhelming approved by voters.  A total of 71.67 percent of votes cast were in favor of the bond project.

The ordinance calling for the election stated the multipurpose center would be located in downtown.

For previous stories on the arena project, click here.